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Kevin Hoffman’s Experiences as a Biracial Adoptee in 1960s Detroit Laid the Foundation For His Work as a Diversity and Inclusivity Trainer

podcast December 6, 2021 1


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In 1967, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that interracial couples could not be denied the right to marry one another. Also in 1967, Kevin Hofmann’s White mother was married to a White man and pregnant by her Black lover during the year of the Detroit Riots. She had the baby, agreeing to put the child up for adoption to maintain her marriage.

Kevin Hoffman was quickly adopted by a White family living in Dearborn, MI. While the family welcomed Kevin with open arms, the community welcomed him with a cross burning on the adopting parents lawn. The variety of experiences Kevin had growing up biracial in both a majority Black neighborhood and later another majority White neighborhood honed his understanding of race relations and commitment to empowering diversity in schools, businesses and society at large. Listen in on his unique perspective.

Kevin Hofmann is a diversity and inclusion trainer and speaker, as well as the author of Growing up Black in White.

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